"VISUAL ACOUSTICS".- The Modernism of Julius Shulman

"VISUAL ACOUSTICS".- The Modernism of Julius Shulman
by Eric Bricker
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Kaufmann House, photographed by Julius Shulman in 1947
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman.

Eric Bricker’s biographical documentary of the photographer Julius Shulman.

A champion of Modernist Los Angeles architects, Mr. Shulman, who died at 98 in July, 2009.

Mr. Shulman’s big break came in 1936, from Richard Neutra, who had him document his creations. Mr. Shulman’s talents were also sought by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe.

Later we meet many of Mr. Shulman’s prosperous colleagues and supporters still living: Frank Gehry (who says Mr. Shulman got him his first client), Ed Ruscha, Tom Ford, the actress Kelly Lynch and the screenwriter Mitch Glazer. At times it seems as much a tour of well-to-do Los Angeles and Palm Springs as a portrait of its subject. (An amusing historical montage, which races through the origins of California Modernism, "may baffle those uneducated on the subject. But this film is not for them" by Andy Webster, from The New York Times).


Julius Shulman´s photography (October 10, 1910 – July 15, 2009) spread California Mid-century modern around the world. Through his many books, exhibits and personal appearances his work ushered in a new appreciation for the movement beginning in the 1990s.

Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright's...read more